A flash flood watch is in effect for Virginia through Saturday night.
The National Weather Service says rain will become widespread and increase in intensity over saturated ground, increasing the risk of landslides.
Rainfall amounts are expected to total 2 to 5 inches in some places. And that's well before any possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin moving up the East Coast.
A gale warning also has been posted for coastal areas.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia "dodged a bullet" with Hurricane Joaquin.